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Formal and Informal Language
Transcript of Formal and Informal Language
Using the Right Style for the Occasion
Formal and Informal Writing
When deciding if you need to use
formal language or informal language in your writing, consider:
What is your definition of "formal"? What is your definition of "informal"?
Official and academic writing
(essays, writing you turn in for a grade)
Official occasions, speeches, ceremonies
teachers, bosses, people of authority,
Proper grammar, complete sentences,
no contractions, no slang
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
-Abraham Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address"
Friends, peers, coworkers, family
Everyday speech, texting, freewriting, notes / letters / emails to friends and family
less strict grammar, slang, contractions,
in writing, it sounds like the way we talk
"The things I want to know are in books;
my best friend is the man who'll get
me a book I ain't read."